Perhaps it was one of those episodes (maybe, maybe not, I refuse to disclose) that led me to believe I need to take time for a few extra deep breaths in my day. I've done my research. I know the benefits. I've even been a student of meditation (before kids, when daily meditating was conceivable). If only I could find more time to be still. But I have what meditators call a "Monkey Mind." It takes an inordinate amount of time to practice this stillness. If taking time for meditation, even time to breathe, were a New Year's resolution I would have failed.
Carving out time for meditation or deep breathing seems unattainable. So then, would it be an oxymoron to try to multitask conscious breathing into my day? Well, leave it to me to try. Here are the places/times I'm going to try to take three deep breaths:
1) In the shower. Even though I feel I should strive to take shorter, water-conserving showers, I love to linger. If I had a good reason to linger, I can justify the extra time.
2) In the car after leaving preschool drop off. Getting out the door is always hectic for me. Preschoolers have absolutely NO sense of urgency. We are always late. By the time I've signed them into class I feel drained and in need of oxygen.
3) Anytime between 5 pm and 8 pm or when my husband gets home, whichever comes first. This is because "night time" mama, is a decidedly different person from "morning mama" (have you seen "United States of Tara" yet?) I am so fun, and loving and patient in the morning. My kids really like me. By nightfall, I don't even like me. I'm hoping I might literally be able to breathe new life into me.
Can I do it? Can I make deep and conscious breathing a habit? I'm going to multi-task my way toward it. And then I'm going to take the next step to make time for silence, like Miz Fit suggested on Monday.
Do you take time for a few deep breaths everyday? And if you're a meditating mama, let us know your secret for success so I can get around to taming that Monkey Mind of mine.